Sow Your Seed 2018!

Kingston Maurward College has launched a brand new fundraising initiative to replace its highly successful annual ‘Muckathon’ muckspreading event which raised thousands of pounds for charities for 15 years. The new Sow Your Seed event will see Level 3 Extended Diploma in Agriculture students ploughing, muckspreading, cultivating, drilling and sowing maize seed – hence the new name! This year’s event will raise funds for the Royal Agricultural benevolent Institution (RABI) - a welfare charity which changes lives for the better and offers


Students Stage Stunning Shoot

The Floral Design department at Kingston Maurward College constantly seeks out inspiring ways to engage students in activities which will allow them to demonstrate the creative skills they have learned during their course. With this creativity in mind, Kingston Maurward’s Level 3 Floral Design students styled a stunning wedding photoshoot with a rural twist in the spectacular grounds of the College. Students were tasked to design


Proud Apprentices Pick up Prizes at Presentation Ceremony

This year’s Apprenticeship Awards Evening at Kingston Maurward College was a resounding success with broad range of Apprentices and employers attending the celebration. Guests were treated to a buffet dinner with addresses by Principal Luke Rake and Chair of Dorset Chamber of Commerce, Paul Tansey; followed by a birds of prey talk by Kingston Maurward’s Laura Hewett. Apprentices received awards in a diverse range of subjects including Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, Horticulture, Animal Care, Business and Education. Due to the huge progress achieved during


Ploughing match organisers hand over the reins to Kingston Maurward College

The ever popular annual ploughing match organised by Kingston Maurward Association (KMA) will now be run by Kingston Maurward College, due to the Association’s disbandment. Kingston Maurward College Agricultural teachers Mark Hymas and Dan Sparshott offered to take over the event when they heard KMA’s plans, and are pleased to be able to take the lead. Mark Hymas said: “We’re delighted to be able to take on such a great event; the Kingston Maurward Association has done a fantastic job for the


Dorchester Men’s Shed renovate Kingston Maurward’s Edwardian desk to former glory

An original Edwardian writing desk found at Kingston Maurward has been restored to its beautiful former glory, by the Dorchester branch of community group Men’s Shed. Members of Dorchester Men’s Shed, which is now based at Kingston Maurward’s Stinsford Farm, were shown the 19th century piece by Estates Manager, Matt Horton, who discovered the badly damaged desk in the caretakers’ office, and asked the group if they would be interested in trying to rescue it; Men’s Shed immediately rose to the


Wedding & Events Floral Design at Kingston Maurward

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting and special times during a couple’s partnership, and ensuring the day runs to plan and caring about every detail is just part of the role of professional florists. Kingston Maurward Floral Design students have been creating exquisite floral arrangements for weddings for several years under the watchful eye of in-house wedding and event florist, Linda Carlile. When wedding couples book with Linda, they will be invited to a consultation to discuss ideas and


Continued Ofsted Success for Kingston Maurward College

Kingston Maurward College were celebrating this week following a recent Ofsted inspection that confirmed them to be a ‘good’ College. Principal, Luke Rake, commented: “We are extremely pleased with the outcome for the College, which recognises the successes of our community and the fact that virtually every student progresses from here at the end of their course into employment or further study. As the only remaining independent land-based college in the south west peninsula, it is really important to me


Kingston Maurward Wedding Fair Sunday 8th October 2017

In the heart of the Dorset countryside the Kingston Maurward Estate - with its 18th century mansion house, lake and gardens - is the idyllic location for your perfect wedding. With a parkland approach and elegant sweeping drive, the Georgian house and ornate rooms set the scene for a civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and evening reception. Greet your guests with drinks in the Grand Hall, perform your ceremony in the Pengelly Room which boasts hand painted Italian wallpaper, use the Whatmoor Room


GCSE results today? It’s not too late to apply for this September!

There's still time to start a Full-Time Course or an Apprenticeship with Kingston Maurward College starting this September. Discover courses you may not have considered before - with many of our students spending a large proportion of their teaching time outside, we could have just what you’re looking for. Many courses prepare you for a future in your dream job in the great outdoors – from Gamekeeper, Ranger, or conservationist, to Farmer, Horticulturalist or Florist. If you haven’t already applied for this September,


Prize Winners Celebrated at End of Year Ceremony

This year’s Kingston Maurward College Prize Giving Ceremony celebrated another successful year with 694 students completing their courses, among which 64 special awards were made. The ceremony recognises the achievements of all full-time students completing courses during the academic year, and rewards outstanding students in each subject area. During the celebrations spectators welcomed guest speaker Rich Whincup who gave an inspirational talk about his life experiences. Kingston Maurward College Principal, Luke Rake, said: “As I reach the end of my first year at